How to wax your skis for summer storage

Sooner or later, it’s time to call it quits for the ski season. (I tend to admit this later than most.) But before putting the skis away in their summer resting place, there’s one chore left. Done religiously, this chore will help keep ski bases well-conditioned and leave them in much better shape for next year’s skiing.

ski waxing, great glen trailsWith classic skis, I clean off the remnants of whatever kick wax was last used. Hopefully it wasn’t klister. If it was, there’s a great chance that by now it has dribbled down onto the glide zone of the ski tails. I mostly avoid using base cleaner on the skis’ glide zones, (trying only to use it for sticky kick zone cleaning and sidewalls.) But, if there has been klister dribbling, I will use minimal amounts of base cleaner to get rid of this sticky substance.

Next, I like to do a hot scrape of the glide zones. I melt a very warm wax into the ski base, and then scrape it off using a plastic scraper while it is still molten. The theory is that scraping the molten wax will pick up some of the dirt from the ski’s base and pores. Often the dirt is visible in these warm wax scrapings. I also scrape the grooves in this cleaning process.

I then brush the ski base with a steel-bristled brush. I always brush tip-to-tail, in the direction of glide. The oval Swix brush with a hand strap and an arrow showing direction of brush motion is my favorite for this. The theory is that this may get a bit more dirt out of the ski base pores, and open them up to receive clean wax.

Now the final step: ironing in a coat of glide wax that will protect the ski bases through the summer. I like to use a hydrocarbon wax as opposed to a fluorinated one. I also like to use a slightly cooler wax than what I used for the cleaning process. I believe it provides a more durable coat through the heat of the summer.

I don’t do any scraping of this glide wax coat until it’s time to ski again next winter. I may or may not rub some kick wax on my classic skis’ kick zones, giving them some protection too. This is a lot less important in my mind though, and sometimes is missed. Now I feel good about putting my skis away for the summer (well, at least for the sake of their condition). Hopefully it won’t be too many months before I’m bringing them back out to prep them for a fun ride on the snow again!

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A Lovely Guest Experience with our Sit Ski

Dear Howie,

Thank you for having a sit ski at Great Glen. I’ve been alpine skiing for decades and started to slow down recently because it takes a toll on my one and only leg. My husband loves to cross country ski and I’ve wanted to join him. I was surprised and delighted with the staff, equipment, your trails and my ability.

Most of all I want you to know that Dan, Eli and Steven are terrific. I asked Dan when we arrived if he knew of any adaptive equipment for cross country, he was knowledgeable and encouragingly sent me to Eli. Eli got the sit ski out, set me up in it with poles and carried it outside. He shared what he knew about the equipment and made great suggestions about the trails. He, too, was encouraging. When I had worn myself out, I pulled over to one of the little buildings by the gate and waved down Steven in the van. He happily loaded me and the equipment in the van, made his designated rounds back to the lodge and kindly retrieved my crutches from the equipment room and returned the sit ski for me.

These men and their friendly, knowledgeable, and positive responses to my special needs made a new, somewhat anxiety provoking, experience a can-do adventure and opened lots of possibilities for more winter fun.

Kim Cox

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Why Aren’t You Guys Here?

Hi Everyone, Steven here, Group Sales and Assistant Events Director.

It’s an amazing day here at the Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. New snow from yesterday, the sun shining and my meeting today is with Mother Nature and a pair of snowshoes.


The northern Presidentials- (l to r) Mt. Jefferson, Adams, & Madison.


Mt Adams and Mt. Madison


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It’s only my first week here and can I say what a lucky guy I am. Amazing co-workers, beautiful conditions and views, this is why I live and work in the best place on earth.

Hope to see all of you soon, have a great day. :)

Steven explored the Aqueduct Loop on snowshoes the day after the storm. It is a gorgeous 3 mile loop on the South side of Rt 16 behind the lodge with incredible views.

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